DIGESTIVE PROCESSES IN THE SMALL INTESTINE

As partially digested, acidic food passes from the stomach into the first part of the small intestine called the duodenum, specialised cells in the duodenum secrete mucus which has a high content of bicarbonate ions, thereby effectively neutralising the high acid content of the food.
If this process were not to take place, ulceration of the duodenum may occur. Neutralising of acids is also helped along by secretions from the pancreas of bicarbonate ions and water. Many people know of the importance of the pancreas in producing insulin and the regulation of blood sugar levels, however, maybe you are unaware that the pancreas produces digestive enzymes to complete the digestion of the whole gamut of foods ie protein, carbohydrate and fats.

If by chance the pancreas is under-producing these enzymes, poor digestion will result in fermentation of the food and the production of acids and gases, which cause abdominal tenderness or pain, bloating with belching and passing of foul flatus. Capsules containing these enzymes can be prescribed by myself.

In close relationship to this process is that of certain cells in the duodenum registering the presence of fatty food which in turn initiates contraction of the gall bladder and secretion of bile from this reservoir. The bile flows into the common bile duct which joins up with a duct from the pancreas and so all of these secretions are passed through one common duct into the duodenum.

Once all of these digestive processes have taken place thoroughly, the available nutrients are then absorbed into the bloodstream, almost exclusively through the walls of the entire small intestine.

Undigested molecules of food are too large to be absorbed and they pass through the body unused, this person is malabsorbing and stores the unused food as fat; and is invariably tired, weak, unwell and depressed.

Poor digestion is the fore-runner of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, food allergies, ulcers and inflamed bowel. PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!

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